08/11/2013 1:25PM

Saratoga Day 21: August 11, 2013


1:25 pm: A belated fast/firm/sunny Day 21 greeting. Getting a late start after the Jockey Club Round Table ran half an hour longer than scheduled.

Today's co-features are a pair of ancient Grade 2 juvenile stakes at 6.5 furlongs, the 97th running of the Adirondack and the 108th edition of the Saratoga Special. Untapable has scratched from the former, with the Special field intact.

Bill of Rights was a runaway winner of the opener at 9-5, leading every step of the way as the first four betting choices ran 1-2-3-4. The second is a 2-year-old filly maiden race and a Pletcher firster, Sweet Whiskey, is 2-to-5.

1:45 pm: Sweet Whiskey ($2.90) a routinely dazzling debut winner for Pletcher, romping by five in a speedy 1:02.81 for 5.5f. Bought by Alto Racing for $300k as a March 2-year-old, she's from the first crop sired by Old Fashioned. Remember him? A son of Unbridled's Song, Old Fashioned won 4 of 6 career starts including the Remsen at 2 and the Southwest at 3. Extra credit: What subsequent multiple Grade 1 winner finished fourth in Old Fashioned's Southwest?

2:15 pm: You people are good: Got a bazillion correct answers of Flat Out, winner of the last two Jockey Club Gold Cups.

So while you were answering, I went to buy lunch and with lines of about 25 people for fried chicken and 20 for smoked-meat sandwiches, I went for the one-person line at the nearby Lobster Hut. The woman in front of me ordered the regular-sized lobster roll for $12, and after briefly considering lobster mac'n'cheese or a lobster grilled-cheese sandwich, I ordered the "king-sized" lobster roll for $18.

The woman who had ordered the regular said "I didn't know there was a king-sized" but the counter guy said she had ordered the right one if she wanted to preserve her "girlish figure." I asked, "What about MY girlish figure?" He looked me up and down and said "You, not so much."

A king gets a full half-pound of "chopped lobster tossed with mayo and Old Bay" and the key word there is "chopped." It's chopped so fine and thin that you think you're eating that fake crabmeat from which generic "seafood salad" is made. It tastes okay, though.

3:45 pm: If turf-course timers can be believed, 2yo $65k maiden claimers in 4th went faster than the fancier 2yo maiden-specials in the 6th. Fractions suggest it was a function of wildly different paces: 6f in 1:13.57 en route a final of 1:44.73 in the 4th, 6f in 1:15.87 and a final time of 1:45.06 in the 6th. So while final time of 4th was 0.33 faster, final three-sixteenths were 31.16 in 4th, 29.19 in 6th.

4:15 pm: Teen Pauline, splashy debut winner and 3rd in the Spinaway last summer here, then disappointing 4ths in two sprints this year, stretched out and took to the turf nicely winning N1x grass mile in 7th. Stonestreet homebred by Tapit was the day's this winner for Pletcher, who still has Corfu and Danza in Saratoga Special.

Guess I won't know if I'm walking around lucky unless I make a bet today, so here goes:

5:30 pm: Designer Legs ($35.00) may have been third best in the Adirondack but she got the official victory after being placed first on the disqualification of Who's In Town, who impeded 1-5 favorite Fiftyshadesofgold through the stretch.

Who's In Town outgamed Designer Legs in a long drive to the wire, but came in from the two path to the rail twice, blocking Fiftyshadesofgold and Corey Lanerie. Thank You Marylou nipped the troubled favorite for third at the wire, so when Who's In Town was disqualified, she had to be placed behind Fiftyshadesofgold, who was elevated to third.

Designer Legs, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Graeme Hall is now 3 for 3 after a debut maiden victory at Canterbury and a score in the Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows last time out. The Valene Farm runner was turned over from trainer Gary Scherer to Dallas Stewart for today's race.

Who's In Town crossed the wire a neck in front in 1:16.42.

The race was further marred by a fatal injury to Charmed Hour, who broke the cannon bone in her right front leg and had to be euthanized on the track.

6:00 pm: Corfu, who won his debut here 17 days ago, set blazing fractions and then held off Sanford winner Flyin Bryan to win the Saratoga Special by half a nostril. It was the fourth winner of the day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who also sent out Danza to a fast-closing third behind the top pair.

Corfu shot out to the lead with Wired Bryan in pursuit through fractions of 21.62, 44.02 and 1:08.61 (vs. 21.79, 44.57 and 1;09.59 by the fillies in the Adirondack.) Wired Bryan was getting closer with each stride through the final furlong and just missed. Corfu, a $675k 2-year-old purchase by the Coolmore group, is a son of Malibu Moon.

The race was oddly bet. Corfu, the 5-2 ML favorite, somehow drifted to 6-1 and paid $15.00 while 3-1 ML Candy Dandy was whacked down to even money.

Here are the willpays into the finale, with only #1a Celesta and #9 Atlantic's Smile apparently covered in the pick-6: One winner for $120k with either of them, or a $120k carryover into Monday. Pretty healthy non-carryover handle.



Perl More than 1 year ago
As a general rule, never mix any fish products with cheese. It's silly. The one exception is a canned tuna melt with tomato. Good call, Steve!
Frank Kulcsar More than 1 year ago
I think all jockeys are the same==you could put [anyone]on Wise Dan and win
Kenny More than 1 year ago
So now Rosario is driving a car? Watch the head on.....his horse was in the one lane drifted to the 2 path then drifted back over.....the horse was actually in the process of drifting back out to the 2 path when contact occurred and by that time Designer Jeans was in the 2 path! Wake up people. take down was correct but Rosario didnt try and do anything!
gasguzzler12 More than 1 year ago
What was even more comical was when they took Rosario's horse down, Lanerie shook hands with someone, I think the trainer. He's lucky Calhoun didn't kick his butt into the infield.
Yuwipi More than 1 year ago
If you'd have posted the lunch pic and asked us to guess I don't think you'd have gotten as many correct answers as with the Flat Out question. The Adirondack was really ugly for a couple of strides there. Rosario most certainly will get days - when he serves them is another question. Tom Durkin was pretty nervy calling Corfu in front on the wire in the Special. It was a close one.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Yes looked like Lanarie had option to go outside Guess he figured it would open and it did Then Rosario really went stupid and came back in
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
STEVE, Just keep hitting that Pick 4 buddy and you can eat all the lobster and cheese you want Good show brother I keep showing my wife the lobster so we can plan a trip this summer
GuidoMcNeal More than 1 year ago
Another great job of handicapping.
Larry Kratochwill More than 1 year ago
I've never seen anything like what happened to Charmed Hour.
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
That was an awful ride by Lanerie in the Adirondack. As mad as Calhoun was at Rosario for putting his horse in tight on the rail, he should be equally upset with CL trying to get through and not angling this horse out.
WMaier More than 1 year ago
Agreed, I think she was best--cost me the pick 4. Oh well...Lanerie please return to Ellis, the C-league needs you.
David Schabell More than 1 year ago
Finding himself in the postion that he did at the 1/8th pole he had no other choice but to go up the rail when the #4 drifted out, prior to drifting back in and drilling Lanerie. If the #4 stays in the 2/3 path, Lanerie is "probably" the winner.
Samantha Lobdell More than 1 year ago
I was at the track. I saw that head-one multiple times. And I saw Rosario's horse slam the inside horse into the rail, then go back and slam into the horse outside her. Is this how loud the "Rosario can do no wrong!" song and dance is? He can play bumper cars in a grades stakes with young horses like this and it all gets blamed on the other jocks?
Bill Kaup More than 1 year ago
Totally agree. You could see on your TV that Lanerie's filly wanted no part of that tenuous hole between Rosario's filly and the rail. Not surprising for a two year old filly to shy away from harm's way. He was at fault in persisting to jam her through. Bad call by the stews.
Mary Osborne More than 1 year ago
Agree with you Bill, bad call by the stews, very bad. Who's in Town won the race. She is green, but nevertheless, Designer legs came in on Who's in Town pushing her towards Fiftyshadesofgold. The more I watch the race, the more evident it is that Designer Legs jock played a part in this also. Very bad call. Who's in Town has probably the finest pedigree I have ever seen. She is bred for distance, so lets see where they all go next.